Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Back to Gothic Horror

Been a long time since I last made a post, but I have not been idle though. Time has been spent painting up a Napoleonic Bavarian army for Sharp Practice 2 for my friend Rune. This was completed just before February arrived. That army on top of my own Napoleonic Austrian army and my Retreat from Moscow armies completely drained my painting mojo - 250 figures in 3 months do that to you. So I really wanted to take a brake from painting, this is despite having just purchased a small German and Soviet force for Chain of Command.

The wargamer's "Uhh new shiny" curse has really gotten a firm hold on me during the last year or so and I find myself interested in so many projects - luckily only investing in a fraction of them. But my interest and focus can easily jump back and forth between 2-3 projects in just a week.

My break from painting lasted around a fortnight then I felt like painting something small scale again. Of all the projects that I ended up with Victorian Gothic Horror was the last thing I thought would get hold of my interest. The inspiration and interest came almost out of the blue. I decided to watch the Animated Batman Feature - Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman hunts Jack the Ripper in 19th century Gotham City. It was a good movie, not great, but somehow I wanted to get back into Victorian Gothic Horror.

Having purchased some figure back in 2016 that I had not painted I started to get out all my boxes with my Empire of the Dead figures. Looking at some of the figures I had painted 7-8 years ago I could see how much better a miniature painter I had become. Still I did not want to strip almost a 100 figures and start all over again. Some of the figures where given some highlights and washes to make them stand out a bit more.

The newly painted figures are all from West Wind - and I have tried to take my time with them, instead of my normal assembly-line speed painting.

 Prof. Moriarty and his gang (still need to paint Irene Adler though)

 Gypsies from Westwind's Vampire Wars range

My favorite of the bunch

I have also decided that I want to upgrade my terrain, and once I have finished a commission paint job - hopefully this week - I will turn my attention to some of the scratchbuilt building I made some years ago.

Ruleswise I have decided that Empire of the Dead is to crappy a set of rules, and have therefore bought the In Her Majesty's Name supplement Gothic Horror, and will hopefully try out the rules this week. I have attempted to recreate all the Empire of the Dead faction in the IHMN rules as I find the factions full of flavour, but just with very bad rules.

This hopefully means that updates on this blog will be more frequent and a mix of both gaming reports, terrain building and painting showcases.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Napoleonic Austrian army

Napoleonic Austrian army finished this evening.

72 figures from Victrix and Front Rank, which gives me the following force for Sharp Practice:

5 x Line Infantry
2 x Jaeger Skirmishers
1 x Third Rank Skirmishers
1 x Artillery + 5 crew
7 x Leaders
1 x Musician

Figures arrived a few days before New Year, and have been fairly easy to paint, so only 2½ weeks work. Looking very cool I think and a lot different than my Retreat from Moscow armies.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

1812 Retreat from Moscow - The Count's Tale

Last night I introduced Rune to Sharp Practice, more specific my 1812 Retreat from Moscow setting. This was the first time that I played the setting with my new minis, table, terrain and with Sharp Practice. I lined up the French, while Rune took charge of the Russians.

The table was 8x4 and we had forces amounting to roughly 85 points, so a large game.

The French led by Maj. Stepháne LeLoup had to find supplies and were acting on a tale told by a Russian count, which had convinced Le Emperor that the count's summer residence and his hunting lodges had a large quantity of supplies.

It proved to be harder for the French than anticipated as a Russian detachment led by Maj. Andrei Maximov would be arriving at the scene to try and prevent the French.

What followed was a great game, with many highlights including:

  • Cossacks charging into the rear of the French Light Cavalry, wiping them completely out.
  • The French Dismounted Cavalry replusing a charge by the Russian Hussars
  • The French Veteran Chasseurs standing firm and laying down fire on the charging Cossacks, before the Voltigeurs added more fire.
  • Three groups of Russian Jaegers trying to shoot the French Dismounted Cavalry, but despite their superior firepower did almost no damage.
In the end the Russian decided to retreat as their cavalry was more or less disabled. 

It was a fun game and a great evening in the company of Rune.

Here are some pictures from our game.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

1812 Retreat from Moscow - Both armies and board completed

When I decided to return to 1812 Retreat from Moscow, I set myself a target of getting everything completed - both armies, the board, forests and burned down buildings - before 1. December. I have some excellent buildings from Charlie Foxtrot that I am working on, but which has not been part of the plan originally.

Tuesday evening I made the deployment points for Sharp Practice, which was the last things I needed to make.

On Friday the 8th we will have a game, which I am really looking forward to.

Anyway here are some pictures of everything.